One thing you can always do to ensure justice
to assure you’re doing good
Capital “G”, Good
…is to always try to come back to something you love daily,
and to try to make it better
just a little bit better, a little more helpful
a little less heavy with mistakes
a little bit better focused.
Chris Moore was one of the hosts of a podcast called “Barbell Shrugged”. That podcast continues to this day.
The quote from him above is from what I believe to be his final podcast. Those words are fitting and inspirational and speak to where he believed to be headed.
Whatever I could write about Chris, especially in this post, pales in comparison to anything he could or would have written or said.
Still, lacking as it might be, I feel compelled to write something.
Maybe though, we start with his latest goal for his communication, ironheartstudios.com.
Iron Heart Studios is a media company committed to rich, responsible and resonating story-telling.
Iron Heart comes from a desire to be strong in mind, body, character and purpose. The beating heart of our company is the drive to impact peoples lives in positive ways. To help them utilise their strength to shape life, family, community and landscape. To be a force for good in this world.
Iron Heart’s essential purpose is to be a vehicle for that message, and turn those sparks of light into bright beacons for all to see. We’re here to communicate the stories that will inspire you to become strong and use that strength to do something positive…something heroic.
In 2015, as I began a journey into Muay Thai and strength training, I discovered the hosts of Barbell Shrugged (Chris, Mike and Doug), and were amused, entertained and educated by their podcast. Episodes could range from very serious, philosophical episodes with the CEO of Eleiko (“Do More of What Makes You Stronger“) to the bordering on “Beavis and Butthead” episode called “How To Add Mass To Dat Ass“. And point well taken, that latter episode was excellent, and begins with Chris.
While surfing YouTube early one morning, I was shocked to see this:
Although I didn’t know Chris, and had no personal interaction with him, his untimely passing was quite upsetting. Judging by the posts of many others who had exactly the same interaction (meaning consumers of his podcast), they too were impacted. After a year (for me) or years (for others) of listening to Chris, there is a void with his passing that will be difficult, if not impossible, to fill.
Chris, to me, embodies Warrior-Philosopher. He both takes action and is reflective. That seems increasingly rare, and likely has always been rare. And the world is a much lesser place without him.
Here is a wonderful picture from his Barbell Buddha site.
Rather than straining your eyes:
- Just Start!
- Be consistent
- Be Positive
- Think about it
- Practice being Grateful
- Acknowledge names & Places
- Create Meaning / New identity / New narrative
Chris also had another podcast called “Barbell Buddha”. Those podcasts were both more serious and felt very personal, almost as if you were sitting in Chris’ den with a drink of choice (coffee, tea or wine) just listening. They may have been a little less edited too. It gave one a feeling of having a personal conversation with Chris.
We often lament how impersonal the Web is. I disagree. It’s not as if sitting in a coffee shop chatting with a friend about the weather makes for a deeply personal connection.
Be humble and relinquish all desires.
Instead, give all you have with love
and life will surely deliver all its possibilities in abundance.